I’ve never had a sunshine and rainbows relationship with my horse. That doesn’t mean I haven’t loved them, or that we haven’t expected each other or did cool things together… but a Black Beauty relationship it was not.
Simon however, has been the exception to this rule. He is my Black Beauty. When I come to the barn, he whickers to me… almost without fail. As soon as he sees my car or me walking up I get this big hearty whinny that warms my heart. When I turn him out, he hangs around for cuddles and treats and watches me go at the fence line. I always thought he was a horse that enjoyed the company of people more than other horses.
This is where we insert the hysterical laughing. BHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I was wrong, so wrong.
Simon had a training ride Monday, where he was reported to have been fantastic. Tuesday he had the day off because I thought it was going to rain, but he deserved it because he’s been working hard and being so good. I was excited to ride last night, and this is pretty much a summary of what happened.
He was inverted, hot, evasive, spooky… basically everything he is usually not. To top it all off, frankly he pissed me off and I started riding shitty and over using my hands – which is something I hate doing. We walk/trot/cantered and somehow found a positive note to end on, before I turned him out (without treats mind you!).
As I turned him out, I realized that I was a crack head thinking he was my Black Beauty horse. Now that he has lots of turnout and a buddy, he’s stopped depending on me so much and acting like a normal horse. Plus last night we were pissed at each other, which didn’t make things better. I turned him out with his buddy, Oliver, and he quickly walked away to give me the cold shoulder.
I watched him ignore me for a bit, and chatted with Oliver before leaving. Oliver as it turns out, is super duper friendly. He’s also 17hh+ and chunky and gorgeous. He probably jumps 3′ and does auto changes, and he loves me (and everyone else). Maybe he is my Black Beauty?
Sigh. Today is another day I suppose! Maybe I won’t ride like crap this time.